Below are the confirmed Keynote Speakers for the Preventive Health Conference 2021. As speakers are confirmed their information will be added below. 

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Ms Robyn Kruk

Former Chair, FSANZ and Secretary NSW Health, Non- Executive Director 

Robyn Kruk has extensive experience as a chief executive of national and state policy, regulatory and service delivery agencies, including NSW Health and Premier and Cabinet. She established and served as inaugural CEO/Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission.

She is currently Chair, Board Director or member of international, national and state statutory, non-government and private entities in healthcare and emergency services, quality and safety, governance and mental health.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science, Psychology (Hons), University of New South Wales and a Master of Administration, Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School.

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Ms Lucy Westerman

Policy & Campaigns Manager, NCD Alliance

Lucy is passionate about improving health for all through health promotion and disease prevention policy, with a special interest in child and youth health. As Policy and Campaigns Manager at the global NGO the NCD Alliance, Lucy leads the Alliance’s noncommunicable disease prevention work through policy and advocacy. Her focus is on nutrition and healthy diets, physical activity, alcohol, and scrutinising cross cutting issues such as social, commercial and environmental influences on health. Lucy also co-ordinates NCD Alliance's #ActOnNCDs campaign culminating in the Global Week for Action on NCDs each September. Lucy holds a Master of Public Health from University of Melbourne and undergraduate degrees in Health (Health Promotion), Arts (Sociology), Science (Nutrition) from La Trobe University.

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Mr Steve Harris

Chair & CEO, The Brand Agency, WA Market Lead, WPP AUNZ, Director, Healthway (WA)

Steve has over thirty years’ experience in advertising and strategic communications. He has been the Chair & CEO of The Brand Agency (Perth’s Agency of the Year for the past four years) since 2014 and is also the WA lead for WPP AUNZ, Australia’s largest creative technology and communications company.


His experience includes working with some of Australia’s highest profile brands as well as multiple influential political and social issues campaigns.


He promises to provide a unique and provocative perspective to how communications has changed in the past three years and how traditional marketers and their campaigns are being rendered ineffective and left behind as a result.

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Dr Becky Freeman

Associate Professor, University of Sydney

Becky is an academic at the University of Sydney and her research interests include tobacco control, food advertising, and how online and social media influence public health. She is an expert adviser to the WHO on strengthening tobacco advertising bans in the age of digital online media. Exposing how commercial determinants negatively impact public health and stall effective policy advances is a common theme in her work.


Ms Kate Broun

Head of Screening, Early Detection and Immunisation, Cancer Council Victoria

Kate Broun is the Head of Cancer Screening, Early Detection and Immunisation at Cancer Council Victoria. She has more than 20 years’ experience working in cancer screening and prevention, leading national and statewide efforts to improve health outcomes. She leads a passionate team who work to reduce disparities in cancer screening by forming partnerships with community to design and deliver tailored community-based programs, innovative media and communication activities and engage with the primary care and workforce sector to deliver training and education. Kate is Deputy Chair of Cancer Council Australia's Cancer Screening and Immunisation Committee.


Associate Professor Kathryn Backholer

National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow, Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University

Kathryn Backholer is a National Heart Foundation Future Leader Research Fellow and Associate Director of the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University. She leads a team dedicated to building the evidence to support effective and equitable food policies, with a focus on the intersections of the social, commercial and cultural determinants of health. She is particularly interested in the application of interdisciplinary solutions to complex public health problems. Kathryn is co-convenor of the Public Health Association of Australia Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group.

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Professor Caroline Miller

Professor, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide

Professor Caroline Miller is the Director of the Health Policy Centre, based at SAHMRI. She is also an NHMRC Emerging Leader, Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow and Beat Cancer Principal Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. She has qualifications in behavioural science and economics; her PhD focussed on social marketing in public health.

The Health Policy Centre delivers evidence to inform public health policy and health promotion interventions to reduce the preventable burdens of non-communicable disease. It undertakes programs of research specialising in tobacco control, obesity prevention and alcohol. Currently the Centre is also leading a rapid COVID-19 Evidence Synthesis service to support South Australian and Australian responses to COVID-19.


Professor Karen Canfell

Director, The Daffodil Centre, A Joint Venture between Cancer Council NSW and The University of Sydney

Professor Karen Canfell is the inaugural Director of the Daffodil Centre, a joint venture between the University of Sydney and Cancer Council NSW. She is an epidemiologist, modeller, and a translationally-focused population health researcher. Her research has impacted cancer-control policy nationally and globally. Prof Canfell has led evaluations of new cancer screening approaches for government agencies in several countries. Her team’s work underpins the 2017 transition of the National Cervical Screening Program in Australia from Pap smears to 5-yearly HPV-based screening. Her team first proposed the current threshold for cervical cancer elimination and showed that Australia is on track to be the first country in the world to support this milestone. Her work as one of the co-leads of the WHO Cervical Cancer Elimination Modelling Consortium on elimination for WHO was presented and discussed at the Executive Board of the World Health Assembly in 2020 and supported the formal resolution by WHO to support the cervical cancer elimination initiative. She also works actively across other screening programs in Australia and internationally, and has been involved in evaluation of new screening approaches such as lung cancer screening.

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Dr Jeannette Young PSM

MBBS, MBA, DUniv(Griffith), DUniv(QUT), FRACMA, FCHSM(Hon)

Chief Health Officer, Queensland Government

Dr Young is the Queensland Chief Health Officer and one of the Deputy Directors-General in the Department of Health. She has specialist qualifications as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and as a Fellow by Distinction of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. She is an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland.

Her normal role includes responsibility for health disaster planning and response; aeromedical retrieval services; licensing of private hospitals and schools of anatomy; policy regarding organ and tissue donation, blood, medicines and poisons, cancer screening, communicable diseases, environmental health, preventive health; and medical workforce planning and leadership.

Since January this year she has been the State Health Incident Controller for the management of the COVID-19 Pandemic response. Whilst she has concentrated on the pandemic, Bronwyn Nardi followed by Professor Keith McNeil have been Acting DDG for Prevention Division.

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Dr Andrew Robertson

Chief Health Officer, WA Health

Dr Andrew (Andy) Robertson is the Assistant Director General and Chief Health Officer within the Public and Aboriginal Health Division in the Western Australia Department of Health (WA Health). With specialist qualifications in Public Health Medicine and Medical Administration, he served with the Royal Australian Navy from 1984 until 2003. Since 2003, in his role as Director, Disaster Management in WA Health, he has been involved in preparing for and managing health responses to a range of state and international disaster, including the Asian tsunami, Java earthquake, Nepal earthquake, and local cyclones, bushfires and heatwaves. He has been undertaking the current role since June 2018, including leading the WA Health response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Dr Kerryn Coleman

Chief Health Officer, ACT Health

Dr Kerryn Coleman is the ACT’s Chief Health Officer, appointed to the role in December 2019.   She leads the Health Protection Service, within the ACT Health Directorate, which is responsible for preventing public health incidents as well as monitoring and enforcing public health regulations and providing public health advice.  This includes responding to particular health hazards and taking action to reduce the risk to the health of the ACT community from communicable diseases, environmental hazards and the supply of medicines and poisons. When Dr Coleman took on the role of ACT Chief Health Officer in December, unprecedented bushfires and smoke followed by an international health pandemic wasn’t on her to-do list. But it’s not the first time, Kerryn worked during the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic in 2009. 

Dr Coleman has worked within the ACT’s Health Protection Service since 2017, as Acting Chief Health Officer and a public health physician. She has led a regional public health unit, with responsibilities covering a large area in Central Queensland.  She has also contributed, at a national level, for almost six years in a variety of public health roles within the Commonwealth Department of Health.

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Professor Anna Gilmore

Professor of Public Health, Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath

Anna Gilmore MBBS (hons), DTM&H MSc (dist) PhD FFPH is Professor of Public Health, and Founding Director of the Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) at the University of Bath which established the ground-breaking knowledge exchange platform and is the research partner in the tobacco industry watchdog, STOP. Her work focuses on the commercial determinants of health and evaluates the impacts of public policies on health.

The impacts of her work have been recognised through the Public Health Advocacy Institute Award, WHO World No Tobacco Day Award and the inaugural European Health Leadership Award (EHLA). Anna has over 200 publications, is European Editor (previously Senior Editor) of Tobacco Control, is/has been a member of international and national expert groups. 

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Dr Raglan Maddox

Fellow, Study Director for Tackling Indigenous Smoking, Australian National University

Dr Raglan Maddox (Modewa Clan, Papua New Guinea) PhD MPH is a Fellow and Study Director of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Evaluation at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, Australian National University. Raglan’s program of research has focused on tobacco control and developing Indigenous heath info-systems using community driven processes. This research has been generating data to identify critical gaps in understanding Indigenous health, including mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health and wellbeing. Such health information systems work with Indigenous communities and health service providers to obtain information to better understand, inform and evaluate health service programs and policies.

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Mr Shane Kawenata Bradbrook

Tobacco Control Advocate, Te Ao Hurihuri

I have over 20 years’ experience in the indigenous, government and non-government context from grassroots to international within tobacco control. Have enjoyed the dynamic challenge of combining knowledge, relationships, policy/legislative development and indigenous/community engagement. It is a challenge that has given me a broad perspective in working within the advocacy space.  Stand out moments for me include: instigating the Māori Affairs Select Committee Inquiry on the Tobacco Industry that resulted in New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal; receiving the Nigel Gray Award; the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples clauses in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control; and removing ‘Maori Mix’ and ‘New Zealand’ branded cigarettes from the market. Tribal Affiliations: Tāmanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, Kahungunu.

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Dr Dawn Casey

Deputy CEO - NACCHO, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Org

Dr Dawn Casey PSM FAHA
Dawn Casey is a Tagalaka traditional owner from North Queensland. Dawn joined the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in 2016, is Deputy CEO and currently co-chairs the COVID-19 Indigenous Advisory Committee. Dawn has held part-time positions as Chair of ILC and IBA and full-time positions as Director of the Western Australian Museum, Powerhouse Museum and National Museum of Australia. Dawn was responsible for managing the design and construction of the National Museum of Australia and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies through a world first project delivery alliance contract.

Dawn’s career also includes a number of key executive positions in the Public Sector in areas including: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Indigenous Affairs, Cultural Heritage and Overseas Aid and Development. Dawn has been awarded; three Honorary Doctorates (QLD Charles Sturt, QLD and Macquarie Universities), Commonwealth Government’s Public Service Medal (PSM), Australian Government’s Centenary Medal, three Australia Day Public Service Medals, the Australian Institute of Architects’ Clem Cummings Award and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA).

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Dr Lorraine Anderson

Medical Director, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd

Dr Lorraine Anderson is the Medical Director at Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services.  Lorraine is proudly linked through her father to the Palawa people of Tasmania.  Lorraine gained her primary degree in Medicine at The University of Auckland in New Zealand, followed by post graduate qualifications in Child Health, Palliative Medicine and General Practice.  She has also been involved in research, medical education and business development in health (private, public and NGO sectors).  Lorraine is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice and the Royal Australian College of General Practice.  She has been working in Aboriginal health and remote rural practice in the Pilbara, Indian Ocean Territories and now the Kimberley for the past 13 years.  Lorraine is a passionate advocate for primary care, preventative medicine and the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health model of care.


Mrs Ronda Clarke

AHCWA Mappa Project Manager, Aboriginal Health Council of WA

Ronda is a Nyikina women, who was born and raised in Derby and started working in the Aboriginal Health sector within her home town of Derby in 2010, running a pilot program called the ‘Young Women’s Centre’. With funding running out, Ronda and her team linked their program with the Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS) and sourced funding through St John of God to ensure the program had a future and sustainability.


After leaving the Young Women’s Centre, Ronda went into private enterprise, started a commercial cleaning business, and then ventured into the mining sector by being successful with a mining contract which entailed all the shipping of lead and zinc from the Derby Wharf.

This then lead to the purchase of an old closed down shopping centre which became the hub of Derby with 10 shops. Through these opportunities Ronda was able to employ local Aboriginal people to work throughout the business.


Following a move to Perth for her children’s education, she gained a Managers position in retail with the Speciality Fashion Group. After a period of time Ronda felt the need to re-enter the heath sector.


Ronda started her journey with AHCWA, as the Corporate Governance Officer, leading some exciting times supporting the AHCWA, PAMS and the CMSAC Boards. Ronda has since changed roles and is now the AHCWA Sector Engagement Officer, and attends all seven Aboriginal Health Planning forums across WA; is engaged at a local, state and federal level, in helping to change health policy, supporting and advocating for Aboriginal people and their communities across WA, engaging with AHCWA’s 23 Member Services.


Ronda since has added to her role, Mappa Project Manager. Ronda has been a part of the development and implementation of the Mappa platform going live across WA, mapping Health Services across WA to enable Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to have access to the ‘right care, in the right place, at the right time’.